SCLERA by David Adjaye
THE ILLUMINATED WOODEN EYE - GROUNDBREAKING DESIGN
IN AMERICAN TULIPWOOD
One of Britain's leading and most innovative architects, David Adjaye, has designed "Sclera", an elliptical 12 x 8 meter wooden outdoor pavilion for this year's London Design Festival. Located close to the River Thames on the Southbank Centre Square, "Sclera" will be open to the public from 13 September to 12 October. Probably the most surprising thing about of "Sclera" is that it is made entirely of American tulipwood, often misleadingly called Yellow Poplar. This wood comes from the tallest hardwood trees of North America and grows abundantly throughout the Eastern States of the USA. Good sustainable for-est management practices mean that its growth constantly exceeds its harvesting. With a pedigree that includes its use for mantelpieces and cor-nices at Buckingham Palace, today it is primarily used by the furniture indus-try for interior joinery, kitchen cabinets, doors and spindles.
Lengthwise tapered edge grain screwed flooring elements cover the total pavilion length of 12m x 90cm.
370 posts with different cross sections, up to 4.50m long, support the vertical cladding of the ellipse. On these are placed 68 roof joists with a cross section of 6 x 24 cm each. In an undulating pattern 910 boards, in apparently random lengths, are hanging from the ceiling, forming, together with the roof joists to which they are discreetly fastened, the three-dimensional effect.